A Remarkably Tragic Childhood

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Alone, by Camilla Nilsson – Creative Commons (This image is not of Francis Chan)

Read John 4:16-42

Last post we saw what the woman at the well did (and what you and I do) when she was confronted with her sin. Today we’ll see that what she does next is truly amazing. But first I want to look at a man who reminds me of the woman in our text.

A Remarkably Tragic Childhood

This  man’s childhood is remarkable to me because it was so filled with tragedy. It’s hard to imagine a childhood worse than his.

 

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What Happens When You Forget Eternity

“When you forget eternity, you tend to lose sight of what’s important. When you lose sight of what’s truly important, you live for what is temporary, and your heart seeks satisfaction where it cannot be found… Let the values of eternity be the values that shape your living today, and keep telling yourself that the difficulties of today will someday completely pass away.” —Paul Tripp

So we do not Continue reading

Things I Heard In Church: “The Kevin Spacey Movie, Swimming With Sharks, Is Really Difficult To Watch”

Things I Heard In Church: “The Kevin Spacey movie, Swimming With Sharks, is really difficult to watch.” –Jason Simmonds

From Jason Simmonds talk: Obedience, Trust, 1 Peter, Mosaic–a church in Northeast Portland, Oregon.

 

The Controversy When Confronted With My Sin

 

Guitar and Bible by Mark Hunter - CC

Spirit and Truth, by Mark Hunter (Creative Commons)

Last Post we saw how Jesus shared about the gift he had for the woman at the well, and the gift he has for us, the water that becomes a well inside, a well of living water that springs up into everlasting life.

The 7th Man In Her Life

After he spoke of that gift, Jesus talked about the six men in the Samaritan woman’s life: her previous five husbands and the lover Continue reading

The Best Investment

Living Water by Shellie Gonzalez-CC

Thirsty Again

Last post from the gospel of John we talked about how Jesus loved both the Samaritan woman living on the margin, and the Jewish man leading the mainstream. And we talked about how we need to love people in the same way Jesus did: all people, from all walks. Jesus loved them all.

We left off with Jesus asking the woman at the well for a drink of water. And when he does, she asks him why he, a Jewish man, would ask her, a woman of Samaria, for a drink.

And this is how he answers:

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Things I Heard In Church: “In Those Days There Was No COSTCO, There Was Get In Your BOATCO And Go FISHINGCO”

Things I Heard In Church: “In those days there was no COSTCO, there was get in your BOATCO and go FISHINGCO.”

Matt Bowen speaking on Jesus’ teaching encouraging us to not be anxious.

From Matt Bowen’s teaching, Without Worry, Luke 12:22-34, 1/24/2016, 11 AM.

Luke 12:22-34 Do Not Be Anxious

And he said to his disciples Continue reading

The Woman At The Well (And The Man Who Left Church)

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The Woman At The Well

(Read John 4:1-9) So when Jesus gets word, that the Pharisees got word, about how Jesus is now baptizing more disciples than John the Baptist, he Continue reading

Things I Heard In Church: These 2 (two-ish) Questions

Things I heard in church: These 2 (two-ish) Questions

First, the wrong question. This is a question I’ve asked myself in the past and a question most of us ask: “How much can I please myself and still be saved?”

But that’s my self serving, selfish nature asking that question. Here’s the second and right question to ask, a question I don’t ask enough: “How close can I get to Christ? How Can I grow closer? What can I do to draw closer to God?” (James 4:8)

From Brett Meador’s teaching, The Dangers of Discontentment, Sunday, 6/14/2015